A highly accessible, step-by-step guide to Adobe Illustrator CS6 Illustrator CS6 Digital Classroom includes 12 self-paced lessons that contain essential skills and explore new features and capabilities of Adobe Illustrator. Every lesson is presented in full color with step-by-step instructions. Learning is reinforced with video tutorials and lesson files on a companion DVD that was developed by a team of expert instructors and Illustrator experts. Each video tutorial demonstrates and explains the concepts and features covered in the lesson. This training package shows how to create and produce vibrant graphics using this robust vector drawing application.
* Offers a complete training package combining a full-color, step-by-step instructional book with lesson files and video training from expert instructors * Offers the basics for tapping into the power of Adobe Illustrator to create and produce brilliant art for all types of media * Contains full-color, step-by-step instructions that make learning complicated tasks less intimidating * Demonstrates how to quickly get up to speed using Illustrator to create sophisticated page layouts and work in a dynamic publishing environment Jam-packed with information, the book and DVD take you from the basics through intermediate level topics. You'll get the information you need in a clear, approachable manner. NOTE: DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.
The AGI Creative Team develops and delivers training programs through the American Graphics Institute. They have created official training guides for Adobe Systems and Microsoft, and deliver professional development training workshops to clients internationally.
Starting up About Digital Classroom 1 Prerequisites 1 System requirements 1 Starting Adobe Illustrator CS6 2 Resetting Adobe Illustrator CS6 preferences 3 Loading lesson files 4 Working with the video tutorials 5 Setting up for viewing the video tutorials 6 Viewing the video tutorials with the Adobe Flash Player 6 Additional resources 7 Lesson 1: Adobe Illustrator CS6 Jumpstart Starting up 9 The project 10 Setting up the artboard 12 Creating the background shape 13 Combining shapes 14 Sampling a color 15 Applying a fill and stroke 16 Creating the smaller combined shape 17 Applying color and effects 18 Cloning the small shape 19 Aligning and distributing the shapes 21 Adding Text 22 Applying the Warp effect 24 Adding text to the small shape areas 25 Distorting a shape 28 Importing an image 29 Adding lines of text 30 Self study 35 Review 35 Lesson 2: Getting to Know the Workspace Starting up 37 Opening Illustrator 38 Exploring the new interface 39 Choosing a workspace 40 Opening a file 41 The document window 42 Using Artboards 43 Navigating multiple artboards 43 Using the Artboards panel 44 Creating New Artboards 46 Switching screen modes 47 Changing your view 48 Preview versus Outlines 48 Zooming and scrolling 49 Scrolling with the Hand tool 53 Changing views with the Navigator panel 54 The Tools panel 55 Using tools and panels 56 The Control panel 60 Moving the Control panel 61 Panel groups and the dock 62 Custom workspaces 65 Saving workspaces 65 Using the Manage Workspaces dialog box 66 Customizing keyboard shortcuts 67 Default shortcuts 67 Custom shortcuts 68 Saving shortcut sets 70 Deleting shortcut sets 71 Self study 71 Review 72 Lesson 3: Illustrator CS6 Essentials Starting up 73 Using the shape tools 74 Repositioning and visually resizing the rectangle 76 Finding or changing the shape s dimensions using the Transform panel 77 Rotating and shearing using the Transform panel 78 Constraining a shape 79 Entering exact dimensions 80 Selecting artwork 82 Helpful keyboard shortcuts for selections 82 The selection tools 82 Using shape and transform tools to create artwork 87 Using the transform tools 87 Adding a fill color 89 Entering a shape size in the Transform panel 90 Viewing in Outline view 91 Rotating the shape 91 Changing the color of the triangles 93 Using layers when building an illustration 94 Creating a new blank layer 95 Cutting and pasting objects 95 Creating bubbles 97 Cloning the bubble group 98 Repeating a resize transform 99 Moving objects from one layer to another 101 Self study 102 Review 102 Lesson 4: Adding Color Starting up 103 Basics of the Appearance panel 104 Changing colors 105 Adding Effects 106 Creating a colorful illustration 108 Using Live Paint 108 Converting the artwork to a Live Paint group 111 Applying Live Paint to the group 112 Adding a symbol to your artwork 113 Expanding the symbol 115 Saving swatches 115 What is a Global Color? 117 Selecting the Same color 117 Saving a set of colors as a group 119 Creating a color group from selected colors 119 Using the Color panel 120 Adding Pantone (Spot) Colors 122 Adding Pantone colors 123 Self study 125 Review 125 Lesson 5: Working with the Drawing Tools Starting up 127 Working with the Pen tool 128 Drawing straight lines 129 Drawing curved lines 131 Drawing hinged curves 133 Drawing curved lines to straight lines 134 Drawing straight lines to curved lines 135 Tracing images 136 Placing an image as a template 137 Placing an image using Image Trace 140 Working with the new Image trace option 144 Other drawing tools 146 Using the Line Segment and Arc tools 146 Using the Pencil, Smooth, and Path Eraser tools 148 Using the Eraser tool 150 Editing existing paths 150 Adding and removing points 150 Refining a curve 152 Cutting and joining paths 153 Combining shapes using the Shape Builder tool 155 Combining the shapes 158 Subtracting with the Shape Builder tool 158 Creating the fish eyes 160 Self study 162 Review 162 Lesson 6: Exploring Additional Color Options Starting up 163 Taking a look at the finished illustration 164 Adding tonal values with gradients 166 Customizing an existing gradient 168 Saving the Gradient 169 Applying a second instance of the gradient 170 Using the Gradient panel 171 Updating a gradient 174 Creating and using patterns 175 Creating a bounding box 176 Applying the pattern 177 Editing a pattern fill 178 Locating existing patterns 181 Finishing up the illustration 184 Creating a Color Group 186 Using the Color Guide 187 Self study 191 Review 191 Lesson 7: Working with and Formatting Text Starting up 193 Formatting type 194 Paragraph formatting 197 Formatting imported type 199 Paragraph and character styles 202 Editing styles 205 Advanced techniques with text 208 Text on a path 208 Warping text 209 Text in a shape 211 Creating outlines 212 Check spelling 214 Find and Replace 215 Self study 216 Review 216 Lesson 8: Organizing your Illustrations with Layers Starting up 217 Getting to know the Layers panel 218 Using layers to organize your illustrations 220 Using the Layers panel to make selections 221 Creating new layers and moving items between layers 222 Paste Remembers Layers 225 Template layers 226 Self study 228 Review 228 Lesson 9: Working with Symbols Starting up 229 Cleaning out the symbol library 230 Creating symbols 231 Editing symbols 232 Importing a symbol library 235 Using the symbolism tools 236 Editing nested symbols 243 Replacing symbols 244 Saving symbol libraries 245 Self study 246 Review 246 Lesson 10: Using Effects and Transparency Starting up 247 Working with the Appearance panel and effects 248 Applying effects 249 Editing effects 251 Using graphic styles 253 Creating and saving graphic styles 254 Applying and modifying graphic styles 256 Working with object transparency 256 Working with multiple opacities 257 Working with blending modes 258 Saving and importing graphic styles 260 Applying graphic styles to layers and symbols 261 Self study 263 Review 263 Lesson 11: Exporting and Saving Files Starting up 265 Saving using the AI file format 266 Saving an illustration with layers 267 Make a template layer 267 Using the Transform Effect 268 Duplicating a Stroke 269 Saving different versions of the logo onto separate layers 271 Expanding appearance 271 Save the first version 272 Using Live Paint 272 Using the Color Guide panel 273 Saving the third version 273 Using Recolor Artwork 274 Saving a layered PDF 276 Integration with other applications 278 Exporting for Photoshop 278 Integrating with InDesign 278 Integrating with Flash 278 Integrating with Microsoft Expression Blend (XAML) 278 Integrating with Premiere and After Effects 278 Saving as EPS 278 Save for Web 280 Making a Flash animation 282 Exporting a Flash animation 285 Self study 288 Review 288 Lesson 12: Advanced Blending Techniques Starting up 289 Using the Blend Tool 290 Applying a gradient 294 Applying Radial Gradients 296 Applying gradients using Illustrator s Gradient Mesh options 298 Adjusting the Mesh 301 Revisiting Blend Options 302 More mesh work 305 Overlapping images 307 Applying a gradient mesh using the Mesh tool 310 Finishing up with the Mesh tool and automatically adding a Highlight 314 Using the Symbol Tools 316 Creating a symbol 320 Modifying a Symbol s appearance 322 Self study 326 Review 326 Lesson 13: Adobe Illustrator CS6 New Features Starting up 327 64-bit support 328 New Look and Feel 328 Changing the User Interface brightness 329 Image Trace 330 Using the new Pattern Options panel 332 Applying gradients to strokes 333 Reviewing new panel enhancements 334 Appendix Adobe Illustrator Tools 335 Keyboard shortcuts 337
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